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How do you plan a celebration of life service?

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To plan a celebration of life service, construct an invitation list of people acquainted with the individual being celebrated, gather mementos that illustrate the person's accomplishments and personality traits, and choose prayers, scripture readings, speeches or songs to perform at the service. If a reception is desired, organize food, decorations and seating for guests of the service.

Once a date and location are established for the celebration of life service, secure a location, and email invitations or mail formal invitations to guests. The service can be held at a church, community center, hall or private residence. A celebration of life should focus on the honored person's passions, hobbies, interests, family life and occupational achievements. Therefore, gather photos, videos, awards, trophies and certificates that illustrate the person's accomplishments to put on display. These mementos can be uploaded to a website, compiled into a digital slide show or displayed on poster boards at the service. The service itself should consist of opening remarks about the individual; speeches from friends, family and co-workers; prayers and scripture readings, if desired; and final thoughts from a minister or service coordinator. If the celebration is religious, a blessing may be delivered or even the sacrament of Communion.


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